☆ Read Þ Around the Writers Block by Rosanne Bane Ð I won this book on Goodreads giveaway I am so glad I won this book because it is so helpful in teaching you how to get past the everyday things that keep you from writing It also teaches you how to focus and explains things in a basic format that is easy enough for even a beginner writer to understand I have been wanting to write a book for a long time now I have great ideas and have started the book several times then stopped This book taught me how to stay on track with my writing so hopefully I can give away ARC s of my book in the near future.
Writing is head work we writers have a tendency to dissociate from the world around us and live in our heads But in order to write well, we also must live We need to be acquainted with an integrating power that gives the questing mind a rest while opening the limbic mind body to beauty, delight, wonder of actual experience Otherwise, what will we have to say that is worth writing about This living, explains Rosanne Bane in Around the Writer s Block Using Brain Science to Solve Writer s Resistance, is Process Time in the equation that adds up to completing a writing project Process Time Product Time Finished Manuscript Process Time feeds the well it s anything we do that satisfies our need for creativity, for play Product Time draws from the well to get words onto the page it s the planning, research, writing, and marketing part of being a professional writer There s muchto Bane s book than that, of course, and if you re a writer struggling with writer s resistance which the book s cover describes as writer s block, procrastination, paralysis, perfectionism, postponing, distractions, self sabotage, excessive criticism, overscheduling, and endlessly delaying your writing I recommend you read it Her strategies work For many years I ve been both writing and living I ve enjoyed many days, perhaps even an accumulation of years worth of both Process and Product time Until reading Banes s book, however, I hadn t known how to fit Process Time together in the same day as Product Time I didn t even fit them together in the same year Looking back, I discover what I was a binger, an all or nothing kind of girl who just didn t know when enough of a good thing was enough I m doing much better now, actually I m living out my days in a rhythm that is propelling me toward completion of poems, essays, and hopefully soon, an entire manuscript And it feels good Thank you, Roseanne Bane You re a wonderful, encouraging guide to getting out of the rut and into the groove Discover The Tricks That Your Brain Uses To Keep You From Writing And How To Beat ThemDo You Want To Write, But Find It Impossible To Get Started Keep Your Schedules So Full That You Don T Have Any Time To Write Wait Until The Last Minute To Write, Even Though You Know You Could Do A Better Job If You Gave Yourself Time Suddenly Remember Ten Other Things That You Need To Do Whenever You Sit Down To Write Sabotage Your Own Best Efforts With Lost Files, Missed Deadlines, Or Excessive Self Criticism The Good News Is That You Re Not Lazy, Undisciplined, Or Lacking In Willpower, Talent Or Ambition You Just Need To Learn What S Going On Inside Your Brain, And Harness The Power Of Brain Science To Beat Resistance And Develop A Productive Writing HabitIn Around The Writer S Block, Rosanne Bane A Creativity Coach And Writing Teacher For ThanYears Uses The Most Recent Breakthroughs In Brain Science To Help Us Understand, In Simple, Clear Language, Where Writing Resistance Comes From A Fight Or Flight Response Hard Wired Into Our Brain, Which Can Make Us Desperate To Flee The Sources Of Our Anxieties By Any Means PossibleBane S Three Part Plan, Which Has Improved The Productivity Of Thousands Of Writers, Helps You Develop New Reliable Writing Habits, Rewire The Brain S Responses To The Anxiety Of Writing, And Turn Writing From A Source Of Stress And Anxiety Into One Of Joy And Personal Growth Every so often, you come across a book on writing that simply blows your mind with the concepts that it brings to your writer s toolbox This is one of those books After learning about Bane s book in the Poets and Writers magazine, I decided to check it out due to its unique look at creative blocks and brain science What I ended up learning from this book was not only mind blowing in regards to my work, but also to my every day life.
Bane does a good job keeping this book from getting dull, her writing full of small exercises as well as pieces of information to contemplate She doesn t take herself too seriously, often adding bits and pieces of humor into the book that help to keep it light hearted Which is good, because the topic matter can get a bit heavy at times with the amount of science that is thrown at the reader involving the mysterious science of the brain Bane does an amazing job keeping the information as close to lay man s terms as possible, and explains thecomplex ideas with a flare that any writer can appreciate There is a lot to take in, from how the brain can rewire itself, how memory works, how creativity happens, how stress and fear can block our daily writing, and much, muchThe most important part however, is of course how to deal with Writer s Block Bane presents a number of techniques that rely on how the brain works to overcome our own self destructive tendencies She explains the hows and whys of how it happens in the first place, and then goes on to provide the means to banish these issues Everything from beginning a habit to Pavlov s Dogs are raised in this book, and pretty much all of the techniques provided make sense and are easy to implement on a day to day basis One thing Bane does do a lot throughout this book is repeat herself Themes and ideas are seen time and time again, chapter after chapter Sometimes, it s with good reason However, after you ve read a couple of the examples for the third or fourth time, you get a little sick of reading them However, as was pointed out in another book on writing, repetition builds memory, and as much as I really didn t like it, it DID make it stick within my neural pathways, and I am less likely to forget those lessons.
So even if you aren t suffering writer s block, I would still recommend this book for the interesting information about how the brain works and how things you may not realize are altering your behavior from moment to moment It s an interesting concept to learn that my procrastination in regards to writing can actually stem from my father s heavy handed red pen when he read my childhood stories, or the sometimes harsh critiques I took in college It s a scary thought, but now at least I can see why that would be the case, and I can work on building new neural pathways to keep me writing every single day A pleasant read, good writer s voice, understandable facts, interesting information, excellent exercises, this book is put together really well and a must for any creative person.
I struggle with chemo brain, mom brain, and apparently writer s brain, too This book was so interesting in terms of detailing some basics for how neuroscience impacts creativity and the innate tendency to not produce According to the author, it s a war between the limbic system and the cortex fight or flight vs higher thinking functions And let s face it, the prospect of writing can scare the bejeezus out of us the idea of putting ourselves out there for the world to see, our faults, weaknesses and vulnerabilities And our egos don t like this idea one bit So it s like Aw hell nah, the writing is not happening today The good news is that with proper training, you can quell the limbic system and put the cortex back in the driver s seat Unfortunately, there s no magic formula for this, and the very thing that we need to do to produce is the very thing that we can t write The author offers three tools to ensure success at breaking past the wall process time i.
, morning pages, la Julia Cameron , product time 15 minutes of writing a day, at the very least , and self care meditation, anyone The author provides some good resources, such as logs, to help you become accountable to yourself At the very least, you can read this book when you re procrastinating and waiting for that magic moment of motivation to appear.
The highest praise I can give is this I m ordering twocopies one to give to a friend, and the other to loan My original copy is precious to me Writers, this book gave me new tools, sharpened old ones, and helped me break bad habits that sapped my creativity My Saboteur was and is distraction Well, noI m D.
E Writerly resistance is a lifetime struggle, but so be it It s just part of life Getting back to Chapter 5 of the current project I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
I would not say this solely a book for writers The principles and activities presented will indeed fend off writer s block, but they would also provide an incredible foundation for any activity which suffers similar fate One could utilize the techniques listed to practice a number of various skills and use the information in every day life to becomeproductive The problem solving starts with a plan to show up for writing for 15 minutes a day It s a time that is small enough to not overwhelm yet substantial enough to feel like progress You can of course, write for longer should you please While many pieces of advice are commonplace advice, there are a vast amount of clever ideas that had never crossed my mind An example of this is the practice of stopping in the middle of a sentence or idea that so the next day you ll know exactly where to start Of interest to note, there are some basic neuroscience principles that Bane uses to back up her learning techniques Facets of the brain are explained at lay man level approaches to clarify what happens when habits form, how rewards are processed, and the way our brain sabotages yourself from achieving what you really want The integration of this provides a much enjoyed subtle scientific spin on the reading.
I ve read a lot of how to write books over the years, but not all of them tackle the blocks your own brain sets up for you AWB does that Rosanne Bane brings in cognitive therapy techniques to help you sidestep that little voice in the back of your brain that keeps the block in place She also gives reason and her okay to little writing quirks, such as particular clothes, places, etc, and explains why the quirks are not only okay, but also helpful to your writing And like another reviewer said, this book can help you create other habits that you want, like exercising or other creative blocks you might be dealing with My last note, I always like someone who tells me it s okay to play Not only does she do that, but she recommends it Picked this up in a BN in Seattle, read in one go during transatlantic flight.
Full review I wasn t expecting to pick this book up at all it was a random buy that I got with anGift Card and I decided to go book splurging I ve had a few book splurges lately, and they ve been fun and thankfully within budget I will confess that I never have problems with writer s block specifically You will never see me sit in front of a computer or with a pad of paper not knowing what to write Never, I always have something to work on, whether I m freewriting or working on a WIP that s developed into a larger project While that might be fortunate to some, I have almost the opposite problem too many ideas And I find myself getting blocked in a sense that way, because these ideas spark my imagination and I don t always know which project to do I ll pick one of my ideas, write on it a while, get another idea and say Ooh, shiny and write on that, saying that I ll come back to the former project later.
And the process continues There are some projects I end up finishing, othersnot so much This book actually addresses that problem and then some, and gives a systematic reason for it with not only brain science expansions, but also presents constructive solutions through habitual commitments and processes I have to say that I was really impressed by the way Rosanne Bane organized all of this It addresses writer s block, perfectionism, excessive critique, distractions among a number of different problems a writer may have that prevent them from writing I loved the way she deconstructs some of this through process and stages, and makes it easy to understand and follow through specific issues.
The stages of habit for writing that she names process writing without boundaries expectations, creative play , product time writing with specific goals aims in mind and projects that further along the actual work , and self care sleep, exercise, meditation, etc are all important to refilling the creative well and keeping a commitment to the work a writer creates I think this is not only a process that works for writers, but anyone who works in a creative venture in their day to day lives This can be really be applied within any profession, and the application for extensions is really nice to see in this.
There are stories of different writerly methods and success stories of those who took on this process, and that was helpful to read about I guess if there were a bit of a downside to this book, there wasn t as much opportunity for exercising these pieces of information, so the interaction between the reader and the text was few, but it was still a very helpful read I enjoyed it very much, and it not only gave an interesting look at process and problems from a writerly perspective, but also gave a nice look into the science behind such problems and developing habit It struck a cool balance, and I definitely see myself coming back to this for inspiration in a different way.
Overall score 4 5 stars.